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Five-year-old's national torch relay raises money for Saunderton charity
A FIVE-year-old boy who created his very own torch relay on the internet has raised thousands of pounds for a Saunderton charity.
Logan McKerrow, from Chard in Somerset, made his own Olympic torch at school ahead of the summer's London games and with the help of his mum, Kerry, decided to list the torch on eBay.
Logan decided to give any money raised to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, whose HQ is in Saunderton, after learning about the work they do.
Having initially raised £150 his story went national when Logan appeared on BBC Breakfast at the weekend.
Overnight his fan club on Facebook grew and his eBay page and the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's Justgiving page received hundreds of donations and currently stands at around £16,000.
Kerry said: "When I told Logan that his torch had sold and I read out all the fantastic kind words from everyone involved, he was over the moon.
"The person who won the first auction was also blown away by Logan’s generosity, so much so that they wanted us to relist the torch on eBay and to try and raise some more money. "During this listing, Logan’s granddad came up with a fabulous idea that each winning bidder and proceeding winning bidders make their own ‘torch relay’ and raise funds for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in the process – and so the story began. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we’d raise this amount of money for the charity."
Both Logan and his mum are now keeping their fingers-crossed that the torch will attract even more bids from across the UK ahead of the games’ opening on July 27, raising more money for the Charity’s ‘Let’s hear it for deaf children’ appeal – which aims to help fund more partnerships between deaf children and hearing dogs.
The charity is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and trains hearing dogs to alert deaf recipients to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke or fire alarm both at home and in public places.
In March, the charity announced that it would roll out a pilot project working with deaf children nationwide to sit alongside its existing 750 adult partnerships currently in operation.
To follow Logan’s Olympic torch relay click on the links below.
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